Sunday, December 21, 2008

Fabulous? My blog? Wow, thanks.

Holly Jahangiri, a dear friend/adopted daughter and 4RV Publishing author, wrote one of the best children's books I've ever read, Trockle. Over the past months, Trockle has become "real" to everyone. My grandson Aiden will not go to sleep until someone reads Trockle to him. When he talked to me on the phone after I sent him a copy and a Trockle t-shirt, he just kept saying, "Love Trockle book. Love Trockle book."

Now the lovable little monster sent my blog the "Your Blog is Fabulous" award.

However, he says two conditions are attached: 1. I have to list 5 addictions; 2. I have to send the award to 5 other blogs.

Addictions are hard, because as Holly told Trockle, there is a difference between love and addiction. However, I'll try.

1. Pepsi, I've had to give that addiction up because of diabetes, but every once in a while, I'll treat myself and have one - a real Pepsi. Diet Pepsi is nasty. *sigh*

2. Shrimp, give me a choice of a favorite meal, and I'll choose shrimp, preferably butterflied, with a tossed salad and baked potato. Yummy.

3. Writing must be an addiction because I can't stop.

4. Teaching is either an addiction or an obsession, not sure which. I "retired" from officially teaching over seven years ago, but through editing and publishing, I'm still teaching. Even my blogs have lessons. Ish.

5. My grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's ballgames are addictive. I love watching them play and feel strong withdrawals when I'm not able to go.

Now, five blogs that I think are fabulous (of course there are more than five, but ...).

1. Carolyn Howard-Johnson's blog

2. Make Mine Mystery blog

3. Harry Gilleland's blog

4. Crystalee Calderwood's blog

5. Ransom Noble's blog

Aren't those blogs a good selection? I would have added Joyce Anthony's, but she's setting up a new blog. I don't have the URL, but hopefully someone will add hers when possible.

Also, please visit Holly Jahangiri's blog.



Trockle said...

Oh, Miss Vivian, I wouldn't BE real if it weren't for you and Miss Holly and Miss Jordan. I'd still be stuck in William's and Stephen's imaginations and might still be hiding under their beds instead of getting to meet so many cool kids and grown-ups! Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou... Miss Holly says I shouldn't write it like that, but then she said I should write like I talk so I'm confused.

Vivian Zabel said...

Yes, Trockle, writing is confusing almost all the time, BUT the trick is to write so that the reader isn't confused.

Thank you for the award. Oh, did Holly accept hers?

Morgan Mandel said...

Thanks for the award, Vivian.
I'll post the requirements on the January 5 post at Make Mine Mystery, since that's my next day for posting.

Morgan Mandel

Vivian Zabel said...

I'll watch for it, Morgan. I felt Make Mine Mystery should have the award since it's one of my favorite blogs.

Harry Gilleland said...

Thank you, Vivian, for selecting my blog as one of your five. I much appreciate your thinking of me.


Harry Gilleland

Vivian Zabel said...

Don't forget to save the award image and use it when you post your material for the award on your blog.


Rena said...

I agree on the Diet Pepsi. Nasty! I can't even drink it, and I love diet drinks. Nice addictions, Vivian!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Oh, my gosh. There is nothing more better than being honored by a respected peer. Thank you so much, Vivian. I'm going to let this one sit a bit before I enter it on my blog. I want to think of some blogs that are good but new maybe or by people I don't know well...yet! What a great way to get acquainted!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
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